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First gaming pc build

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January 7, 2013 1:59:34 PM

I'd love to hear your opinions on my setup, whether it'll work properly and whatnot. Any suggestion on how to improve this is welcome!
I'd like to point out that the main purpose of this is of course for gaming, specifically WoT & the Total War series played on mid-high settings, and that I won't be overclocking.
My budget is only around $600-700 [excluding monitor, gaming mouse, & keyboard].

CPU: AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 BE 3.60GHz 4-Core
CPU COOLER: CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 EVO
GPU: Sapphire HD7750 1gb ddr5
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb(8GBX1)1600 CL9
PSU: Corsair VX550 550w
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb SATA3
CASE: Aerocool Strike X GT


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a b 4 Gaming
January 7, 2013 2:34:52 PM

If your going for an AMD build, here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $708.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 11:25 EST-0500)

The Piledriver architecture is much better than the Bulldozer architecture. 1 stick of RAM defeats the purpose of have Dual Channel capabilities, so go with 2X4GB setup. With this build, I upped your GPU to the 7850, you won't be dissapointed there.
January 8, 2013 9:21:08 PM

Thank you for that advice!
I'm just wondering what can be an alternative (if there are any) to the ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard.

I can't find that particular mobo on the local shops here in the Philippines.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 8, 2013 9:29:15 PM

Here is something similar (even a little bit better). Don't know how well it is priced in the Philippines.

MSI 760GM-E51 (FX) mATX AMD 760G AM3+
January 8, 2013 10:03:53 PM

Alas, that too is unavailable here but this one is, ASRock 970DE3/U3S3.
And if money is not the issue, will the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 work just fine?
a b 4 Gaming
January 8, 2013 10:32:50 PM

Sure will
January 8, 2013 10:36:25 PM

Thanks for the help!